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    How do you manage at the salon?

    I'm a quad in desperate need of a dye job for my gray hair. Until now, my mom (a retired hairdresser) has been coming to my house to do it. It's great, because she can just dye my hair while I'm sitting on my shower chair in the shower. She can't manage a visit for a couple of months, though, and my roots are looking really bad.

    How do you ladies manage at the hairdresser--especially when they need to wash your hair? Do you just use a sliding board to transfer to the reclining chair in front of the sink, or do you have some other, easier way to handle it?

    Thanks in advance for any advice.

    #2
    Have you tried to find a mobile hairdresser. I found one in my area..and he he comes to my home and does my whole family..and is great.

    I am sure CA will have them. perhaps look in your local craigslist? search hairdresser? I found one like this not sure if it is your area: http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/bts/2566309660.html
    "The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same.” ~Carlos Castaneda

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      #3
      If in a manual, I roll up facing the sink, hook my arms around push handles & lean forward - not very comfortable, but it works.
      "We must become the change we want to see in the world." Gandhi

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        #4
        i've just transferred in the past. but i hate others touching my head so now i do my own hair lol
        "Smells like death in a bucket of chicken!"
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          #5
          I let a friend do it at home.
          TH 12, 43 years post

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            #6
            I've transferred with a sliding board when using my manual chair. If you use a powerchair you can tilt all the way back into the sink. My stylist has a board that acts as an extention if your head doesn't reach the sink. It has a little cutout for your neck.

            I never sit in the salon's chair for the whole process regardless. Too uncomfortable. They can move their chair out of the way and I roll up. Then when it's time to wash I transfer.

            Wish more stylists could do hair from home. There are some rules and regulations though.
            Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn't know that, so it goes on flying anyways--Mary Kay Ash

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              #7
              I'm with "alissa"--from manual chair, face sink and lean forward

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                #8
                My mother has a power chair. She has us remove the head rest, and slightly tilts the chair (it has tilt in space and power recline). She goes to SuperCuts and they just push their salon chair out of the way for her and she backs up to the sink. She just gets a wash and cut, not a dye job, but it should work the same way.

                At home she has a shampoo "cape" we can use at the sink, or we fully recline her chair and drape with plastic, and wash her hair in the roll-in shower area (if she justs wants a shampoo and not a full shower).

                (KLD)
                The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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                  #9
                  I have a friend who is a hairdresser come by, so no ideas on the salon.
                  Last edited by sjean423; 30 Aug 2011, 10:30 PM.
                  T7-8 since Feb 2005

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                    #10
                    My wife did it just the way KLD described - back up * tilt.
                    - Richard

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                      #11
                      I always transfer, it's more comfortable for me. I also transfer when getting the cut, because then they can move me up and down as needed. Want to make sure I get the best cut possible!

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                        #12
                        I’m in a power chair and I lean forward when I go to a salon. My mothers hairdresser, whom she has gone to for more than 25 years, just switched salons and the sinks are terrible. They’re the European style where the sink is high from the floor and the chair is not only stationary to the sink but doesn’t raise up and down. My mother is severely osteoporotic and consequently has lost quite a bit of height. I told the owner that her salon was not only inaccessible to persons with disabilities but to some of the elderly as well. I guess when one of her seniors’ falls from coming off the higher chair maybe then she will put one in. In the mean time, thankfully her hairdresser comes to the house to do my mothers hair.

                        Even though I go to a salon to have my hair dyed, I installed a hairdresser sink in my bathroom a few years back. It works out well on days I don’t shower and need my hair washed; not to mention my mother now puts it to use for her hair. I highly recommend, if you have space and can afford it, to have one installed

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                          #13
                          I transfer without a sliding board from my manual chair, but it can be a little difficult because the armrests of the chairs in the salon I go to do not move out of the way in any direction. I went just yesterday for a relaxer after having had braids in for 2 months (couldn't take them out because my mom had surgery and couldn't sit or stand long enough to take them out).

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                            #14
                            i have been to salon for hair colour many times..and luckily i was on my wheelchair for whole process as ppl in salon managed to fit plastic sheet to the sink to wash hairs when i lean my head backwards. thick towel is tucked on shoulders. In the process of washing hairs,it needs couple of ppl to hold sheet properly. Thats it. so far have been following this from years for straightning hairs or coloring hairs with same saloon etime.
                            ChemistOnline.in

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                              #15
                              My current salon has the nasty chairs affixed to the sink. I went there mainly because of Amanda who not only cut and touched my hair up but could, and would, also wax my legs. She has 2 disabled family members and knows we like to look good too. Since she left, well, the new waxer isn't 'comfortable' working with the mobility impaired. I'll be looking for a place with a removalable chair where I can roll in forward in my manual chair and lean forward for wash, color, rinse. Hopefully another Amanda lives in Madison, WI.
                              I also wash my hair alone at home sometimes by rolling under my sink and using the following faucet type for wetting/rinsing my hair. I currently have a Delta but they discontinues these types. Check the smaller pics in the lower left:

                              http://www.faucet.com/american-stand...onnect/p443455
                              Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow."

                              Disclaimer: Answers, suggestions, and/or comments do not constitute medical advice expressed or implied and are based solely on my experiences as a SCI patient. Please consult your attending physician for medical advise and treatment. In the event of a medical emergency please call 911.

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